North Carolina

What is it that connects us to the state where we live? What makes us adopt it as the one we're "from"? How do these places define us? States of America is a series of short documentaries--one from each of our 50 states--that ask these questions by featuring everyday people as diverse as the physical and cultural landscapes they call home. This is a story of North Carolina.

Growing up in a shack in the Jim Crow south, Paul dreamt of someday owning his own home. His dream came true, but no sooner did he move in than at the age of 20 he had to move to New Jersey to make enough to pay for it. 21 years later, after his wife passed away, he finally returned to the house he built and this state that had always felt like home.

*States of America is created and produced by Brad Barber. 
*North Carolina is directed by Brad Barber, shot by Jesse Myrick and Brad Barber, edited by Jesse Myrick, with music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Title design by Brian Turley and Mark T. Lewis. 

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